NEDO Smart Community Demonstration Project

 

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is working with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) on one of the most significant heat pump trials in the UK.

Here in Greater Manchester, we have a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 48% by 2020, (compared to 1990 level). Currently domestic fuel demand accounts for around 12% of Greater Manchester’s total carbon footprint. The project aims to support the shift from gas to electric heating. This is something that the UK needs to do in order to combat rising household bills and support the reduction in local and national carbon targets. The project will also test new low carbon heat pump technology, its impact on networks and the benefits to customers.

The NEDO partnership project is being seen as a pilot. If successful, it could show the way for similar retrofit programmes in many more homes across the city region and be a national exemplar. Residential demand response is set to become widespread in the future, so this places Greater Manchester at the forefront of this trend.